No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota Supra News and Notes:
· IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The No. 18 Monster Energy team heads to Phoenix Raceway for the finale of the 2020 Xfinity Series season. This has been a very strong rookie run for Herbst under abnormal conditions during the Pandemic with no practice or qualifying. Herbst had a strong top-10 finish on his last visit to the one-mile oval and feels his team can put their Monster Energy Toyota Supra in victory lane this trip. The goal is to end 2020 with the best finish they can.
· JGR AT PHOENIX: JGR has 93 total starts at Phoenix Raceway in the NXS, earning 13 wins, 41 top-five finishes, 65 top-10 finishes and 18 pole-starting positions. The team has led 2,914 laps, completed 17,756 of 18,545 attempted laps (95.7%) and earned an average start of 8.2 and an average finish of 9.5. Kyle Busch has earned nine of the team’s 13 wins with Joey Logano earning one win for the team in 2012, Christopher Bell won in 2018 and 2019 and Brandon Jones in 2020.
· RACE INFO: Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 at Phoenix Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on NBCSN, SiriusXM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
From the Cockpit:
Riley Herbst: “We had a very strong run with our sixth place finish at Martinsville for my first time on the track with no laps ever. We started 24th and charged through the field to finish sixth. It was a huge confidence builder, and we keep getting faster and faster. I am really excited about heading back to a track where we actually have laps, finished top-10 and have notes that are ours. Our Monster Energy team learned a lot from our first trip and we are expecting to be a lot better this weekend. Phoenix brings some challenges for our Supra setup with very different corners, so there are always some compromises on both ends of the racetrack. We just have to go give it our best and hope that things go our way. My guys have been amazing and we are in this together. We are going to the desert to fight hard for our first win as a team and end 2020 on a high note.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!